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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Trampoline Tricks

Posted by Joshua

As there's a trampoline right outside my door (Its my niece's) I decided I wanted to tackle the beast and learn some moves.

All I can really do so far is land on my chest, knees.  My goal for today is complete a front flip or back flip, if I don't post tommorow its probably because I've fallen over the edge and died :P

Tuck Jumps
A tuck jump requires the trampolinist to bring both knees to the chest and to touch the shins with each respective hand. The move is completed at the top of the bounce and the knees and feet are kept close together with the toes pointed.

At first the participant may only be able to raise their knees slightly but with practice they will be able to bring their knees higher. Many people tend to drop their shoulders in an attempt to achieve the ball shape but this will lead to problems later on. It is important to keep the shoulders lifted and bring the legs up to the chest. Once the basic tuck jump can be performed it can be tidied up by involving the arms in a stretch-touch-stretch motion. The arms will reach upwards during the upwards bounce, the first ‘stretch’. As the knees come up to the chest the hands will quickly move downwards to ‘touch’ the knees before ‘stretching’ upwards again with the downwards movement of the bounce. This is a very fast exchange and often takes a little practice to get the timings right. Once this arm movement has been perfected it should also be applied to straddle and pike jumps.

A straddle jump is best learnt whilst the participant is sitting on the floor. The legs are opened to at least a 90° angle, more if the participant is flexible, and toes pointed. The hands then reach towards the toes and the back is kept straight. Once on the trampoline the participant will recreate the shape at the top of their bounce.
The participant should make an effort to maintain their balance during their take off and landing as the momentum of lifting the legs both upwards and forwards can cause a few wobbles.

The pike jump is also best learnt on the floor before attempting on the trampoline. This time the participant will sit with the legs straight out in front and their toes pointed. The hands should slide as far as they can down the shins to produce an angle of 90° or less between the legs and body.
When recreating the shape in the air the trampolinist should remember to lift their legs upwards rather than allowing their upper body to drop resulting in a downwards pointing pike jump. As with the straddle jump, balance is the key when perfecting this move.

Source: - Suite 101

  1. 1
    Learn the most important trampoline basic move. It is the tuck jump. How on earth do you think you can do a double front or back if you can't tuck up fast enough to get the rotation needed?

  2. 2
    Learn the straddle jump and the pike jump. These are important for getting balance and pre-determining later moves.

  3. 3
    Learn to do half twist and full twist jumps. These may sound boring, but you need to know how to do them as "late twists" and not using your arms and twisting from the bed.

  4. 4
    Learn seat drops. Half twist to seat drop; seat drop half twist out; and swivel hips. This helps with learning to get your hips up and how to twist in and out of moves.

  5. 5
    Learn front drops and back drops. Then learn how to twist into them and how to twist out of them. These fundamental moves will teach you about 'forward' movement and 'backward' moves. Believe it or not... the front drop is "Backward movement and the back drop is a forward movement. Understanding this is important if your want to do forward or backward flips.

  6. 6
    Learn an array of moves such as the cradle. This is a back drop half twist to back drop, the seat roll seat (roller), The airplane (full twist to front drop) and the full twist to back drop.

  7. 7
    Learn the cody. This is a back flip in to a front drop and lift straight into a back somersault.

  8. 8
    Learn the barani. This is a front somersault with a half twist - with the key twisting late - just like the roller!

  9. 9
    Be aware that these are all tricks which require a clever skill of knowing 'when' to twist. By way of a hint, it's late twisting and twist from the hips). Of course, once you have learned all the fundamentals, you can start learning clever trampoline tricks including the Front flip which is a combination of the tuck jump and backward motion of a front drop. Or the Back flip which is a combination of the Seat drop (hips forward) - in to a back drop (hips up), utilizing the tuck jump!
Source:  - Wiki How - Trampoline Tricks.


This is one crazy video below...I'm pretty sure I'd need a circle trampoline for anything similar.


Randy Weezner said...

i wish i had that kind of skill

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